After surgery you will be taken to the Recovery Area, also called the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Your condition will be monitored by a registered nurse and an anesthesiologist. When you are awake, your family can see you.
Your physician will meet with you or call your family members after your surgery. If you are having a cardiac catheterization, the cardiologist may not meet with your family until after reviewing the films later the same day.
If you are staying at the hospital after your surgery:
After you are out of the Recovery Room, you will be transferred to a nursing care unit. Your family will be told when you are ready to go to your room and they can go with you.
If you are going home the same day as your surgery:
After you have recovered from anesthesia, you will receive your discharge directions and be allowed to go home. Arrange to have someone to be with you. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home. You also should not take the bus or a taxi alone. Someone should stay with you the remainder of the day and the night as you continue to recover. You may not be able to drive for up to a few days after your procedure.
For a complete and speedy recovery, follow all written directions given to you by the hospital and your physician.